What The Bible Says
“What The Bible Says - Vol. 4 / No. 8”
What The Bible Says
Vol. IV - No. 8 / September 12, 2021
2 Timothy 3:16-17
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
(Matthew 7:24,25; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:20,21)
“For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.”
(Psalms 46:1; 1 Cor. 2:9)
“For You are my rock and my fortress; Therefore, for Your name's sake, Lead me and guide me.”
(John 8:31,32; 2 Timothy 3:16,17; James 1:5)
1 Peter 1:24,25
“because 'All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, but the word of the Lord endures forever.’”
THE NEEDS OF MANKIND
Mankind is a two-fold being. He has a fleshly, physical body and an invisible, spiritual soul. (Genesis 2:7; Ecclesiastes 12:7). The fleshly part of man is sustained by food but the spiritual man is sustained by the Word of God. Jesus states this to be so in Matthew 4:4 when He said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeded out of the mouth of God.” Thus the needs of mankind are two-fold: physical and spiritual.
Do we not realize the things which are used to sustain the physical body do not fill the spiritual vacuum within us? Jeremiah 10:23 states a truth which we all should acknowledge: “O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walkers to dirt his own steps.” Man’s ways are not God’s ways (Isaiah 55:8). Man is thus in need of divine guidance. Hebrews 1:1-2 states: “God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son,…” We should realize without God’s divine revelation, we would not be able to know about God as we do. Neither would we know what God has done for our redemption through His Son.
Mankind is in need of a Saviour. “But the Scripture has concluded all under sin,…” (Galatians 3:22). That is why the New Testament is often referred to as the “gospel”. The word gospel means good news. Indeed, the New Testament is the good news of God’s plan of redeeming mankind from his sins. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).
Down through the ages, history has revealed mankind’s need to worship. However, man needs God as the object of his worship. John 4:23-24 records Jesus saying, “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Mankind needs a standard of conduct to live by. Again realizing man is not capable of directing his own steps (Jeremiah 10:23), he must appeal to a higher standard than his own. “The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.” (Psalms 19:8)
Do you feel a spiritual vacuum? Turn to God’s Word!
—E.R. Hall, Jr.
3 R's FOR THE YOUNG
“Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.” (Ecclesiastes 11:9)
If you follow the lusts of your heart to do any and every thing you desire, you better know that you will be judged for it! There are some who dare to tell the young to go ahead and sow their wild oats. But if you follow that advice, it will be to your destruction, because you will reap what you sow (Galatians 6:7,8). So just remember young person, don't let your sinful pleasure condemn you at the judgment day! Is even one pleasure worth it?
“Remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity.” (Ecclesiastes 11:10)
The world says to rejoice by doing whatever feels best. God shows the way to truly rejoice is to “remove sorrow from thy heart". This is how to truly rejoice and is contrasted with the empty and worthless carousing of a rebellious youngster. And the best way to remove sorrow from your heart is to remove the evil from your body.
If you follow whatever your heart desires, it will bring you pain, sorrow and grief. Youth is fleeting, so use it wisely.
“Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them.” (Ecclesiastes 12:1)
Young person, you can be so useful for the Lord. Don't live your life for sinful pleasures, but live your life for God. If you have your pleasure now, you won't have pleasure remembering how much valuable time, enthusiasm, and energy was wasted to futility. As much as you might not like to think about it, the "evil days" of old age and loss of bodily functions will come. So remember God now, while there is time!
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--- E.R. Hall, Jr.
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